Happy Birthday, Sean
Sean Taylor would have been 26 today. Running a Washington Redskins web site, there's not a day that goes by that one doesn't think about what a tragedy Sean's murder was, and from so many different angles.
First and foremost, it robbed a family of its beloved son, a woman of her beloved fiance, current and former teammates of a friend and the most heart-wrenching of all, a little girl of her Daddy. As bad as remembering that couple of days are for the people that knew Sean Taylor the Redskins' best player, it was much more than that for those people that were close to him.
From a Washington Redskins perspective, those four guys that broke into his house robbed us of years of excitement and success. This team was on the right track, and many thought that the tandem of Sean Taylor and LaRon Landry would one day be looked back upon as one ot the greatest Safety combinations ever.
From an NFL standpoint, the league was robbed of one of its most dominant players. Sean was often credited as being one of the hardest hitters in the league. Receivers though twice about going across the middle when they knew 21 was coming to get them. Play like Sean put out on the field was good for the game, not just Redskins fans.
Alas, his true greatness on the field will never be fully realized thanks to the selfish actions of a few misguided individuals, but the way his untimely death brought out the best in teammates, fans, friends and family will forever cement the greatness Sean acheived off it.
Rest in Peace Sean. We miss you.
Editor's note: For anyone wanting to remember, our Sean Taylor Memorial page is always available.
This article was released on 2009-04-01.
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